The Smile Survey measures the oral health of preschoolers and elementary schoolchildren from low-income households and among all racial and ethnic groups in Washington. The results from the 2015-2016 survey were compared with results from a similar survey conducted in 2005.
The survey found the following:
- The percentage of third-graders who had ever had a cavity dropped to 53% compared with 60% in 2005.
- The percentage of third-graders with decay in permanent teeth also reduced to 13%, compared with 24% in 2005.
- Untreated decay among low-income preschool children (17%) was significantly below the national average (25%).
The survey is conducted every five years by the Washington State Department of Health. The full results from the survey are available on the department's website.If you like this content, please share it with a colleague!
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